• A 9-yr-outdated development designer has acquired viral curiosity on her mother’s TikTok for her patterns.
  • Kaia Aragon caught the attention of Vera Wang, who despatched the younger designer a sewing gear and a take be aware.
  • Kaia acknowledged: “Once I increase up, I hope to have an enormous trend enterprise enterprise with my best pal.”

It truly is widespread for children to fantasize about what they need to be once they enhance up, however a 9-calendar year-old Colorado vogue designer is at the moment turning her dream vocation into actuality. 

Kaia Aragon produced her first costume in November and now has a closet full of first kinds, a sewing gear gifted by Vera Wang, and about 600,000 followers on her mom Tonya Aragon’s TikTok account, @center.mother.

Tonya posts “little designer” video clips of Kaia creating attire which generally get lots of to tens of tens of millions of sights. In January, only one film of a pink-and-black costume she designed earned Kaia in extra of 14.3 million views.

Kaia suggested Insider she’s at all times been drawn to unique outfits, even proper earlier than she developed them for herself. “Any time I may get myself dressed, I’d at all times pick outfits that will stand out or make an announcement,” she acknowledged. 

Tonya defined she taught Kaia the way to use a stitching machine in November however admitted that her possess abilities have been constrained to constructing easier quilts and blankets. Instantly after Kaia manufactured her preliminary robe, a black T-shirt costume with an orange fox print that had in extra of 1.2 million views on TikTok on Thursday, she ongoing to show into much more adventurous along with her varieties.

Kaia Aragon in a black fox dress, the first dress she ever designed.

Kaia Aragon in a black fox-print costume, the preliminary costume she at any time created.

Courtesy of Tonya Aragon


“Her talents and her methods are quickly surpassing what I am outfitted to do,” acknowledged Tonya, incorporating that she now watches YouTube tutorials to find abilities and approaches that may assist Kaia set up her craft.

Kaia defined her designs come straight from the guts comparatively than imitating garments she’s noticed in journals or on-screen. “More often than not I simply begin out planning,” she mentioned, noting that she’ll lay materials above her mannequin fairly than drawing the model and design first.

On occasion, Kaia talked about she’ll start with a precept in thoughts, this type of because the triangle-themed problem a cousin established her, which has about 727,000 sights on TikTok, or the multicolored, sleeveless “Encanto”-influenced robe she manufactured, which has in extra of 1 million views, however largely she’ll select a material and a pattern on instinct. 

A triangle-inspired dress by 9-year-old designer Kaia Aragon.

A triangle-influenced costume by 9-year-old designer Kaia Aragon.

Courtesy of Tonya Aragon


“All of the supplies I resolve are comfy and stretchy. If there’s a material that I feel is pretty however it’s actually not cozy, then I cannot doubtless get it. It may be simply based mostly totally on the actually really feel after which the appears to be,” the youthful designer defined. 

It isn’t simply the household’s TikTok viewers who’ve been blown absent by Kaia’s skills — she additionally caught the attention of Vera Wang in February. The famend designer, who Kaia claimed she hadn’t beforehand heard of, despatched her a bundle containing a stitching machine, a backpack, and a handwritten take be aware. 

In keeping with a film posted on February 22, Wang’s remember undergo: “Dearest Kaia, So enthusiastic to see you’re presently pursuing your aspiration of beginning to be a method designer! Congratulations and all glorious luck. Like Vera.”

The remember is now framed on Kaia’s bed room wall and Tonya talked about that on condition that she’s began out familiarising her daughter with the perform of key designers “she’s been very obsessive about Vera Wang.” 

Kaia’s foreseeable future ambitions even have a razor-sharp emphasis. If she may structure a search for any famous person, she claimed she’d go for Emmy award-profitable actress Zendaya. 

She further: “Once I enhance up, I hope to have a big development enterprise in Paris with my excellent mate and we need to go to college on the Method Institute of Model and Merchandising.”

Her admiration for FIDM shouldn’t be unrequited. In March, the Los Angeles faculty despatched Kaia some “goodies,” which incorporates sparkly supplies, a teddy bear, and a film downside from former “Undertaking Runway” contestant Nick Verreos asking her to structure an outfit inspired by Olympic determine skating, she talked about.

For the impediment, Kaia produced a robe with a pink satin bodice and a mild-pink sparkly skirt to twirl in.

Kaia Aragon in a figure skating-inspired dress for a challenge with The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Kaia Aragon in a determine skating-motivated costume for a problem from The Development Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Courtesy of Tonya Aragon


Regardless of rubbing shoulders with the perfect minds and establishments in American trend, Kaia has humble ambitions means too.

Regardless that plotting her world takeover, the months forward will see the younger designer incomes clothes for her good mates and siblings, and producing a seek for the group Renaissance good, she claimed.